This is a post dedicated to my friend, Joanna who got married last Saturday and graciously invited me to her wedding reception at her church and dinner banquet at Novotel Singapore. I knew her when I was in Secondary School / High School and we were in the same class for the first 2 years. Even after high school, we kept in touch and I am glad she found her partner in life, Marcus. I wish them all the best in their marriage life and a great adventure ahead.
Here is a lovely video of the morning events done up by one of the teams at Alanmitchi which was played during the dinner banquet:
I was also delighted to meet my other friends who were the bridesmaids for Joanna.
Jacqueline, Me and Kaiyun
Me and Lee Wah
All four of my pretty friends have found their partners in life and 2 of them, have already tied the knot. As a wedding filmmaker myself, I am glad that they have gotten wedding videography or have engaged a filmmaker to document their wedding as it is something that they could look back when they grow old and something that their kids and grandchildren will watch together with them. To me, having any form of video capture for a wedding, be it good or bad capture, is better than no capture at all.
Michael Cimino, well known American filmmaker aged 74 known for his Academy award winning film, The deer hunter. Not forgetting his biggest box office bomb after The deer hunter, Heaven’s Gate. I have yet to see the film, Heaven’s Gate but read reviews that it is not a bad piece like critics would have pinned it to be. Michael Cimino was written to be a dictator of a director and that there were killings of animals to make the 1980s film. The original cut was 219 minutes long and the revised cut which was aired much later at a cable TV was at 148 minutes which gave a better rating than the original.
What I found about the quote, “If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?” very true for us filmmakers be it in the wedding industry or any kind of work that we do. If you were to spend hours and hours to do something. Like in the case of Michael Cimino, he overran his budget several times to do a masterpiece which became a flop in box office. He stood by his beliefs at the cost of the ticket sales. Hence, to do anything right in the budgeted time span and cost, one has to first be good in his craft. If you are not good at what you do, why begin in the first place.
Pre-planning and accounting for the work to be done before execution is also important. If the budget given is only so much to make a film and there’s only XX hours to film it, make full use of it and try your best to make it as right as anyone could have make it to be.
Here’s ending off with a trailer of the movie, Heaven’s Gate.
I was at BOWS wedding fair today at Dhoby Ghaut Green and met a few friends selling their wedding packages to the couples getting married. What intrigues me today was a conversation with a photographer trying to sell his partner’s package who is a videographer. It goes something like this:
Me: Do you guys offer actual day video packages? Him: Yes we do. *shows me the rates Me: Oh there is a different rate by these 2 videographers. Him: Yes, one of them is more experienced and the other is the understudy of the experienced videographer. Me: so there’s only one videographer for the packages offered? Him: Yes. Only one videographer cause if there were 2 or more, they will CROSSFIRE.
okay. this led me thinking. Really?
Even if I were the sales person trying to promote 1 videographer, I would tactfully say that the one videographer would be able to cover the necessary angles to create a beautiful edited film than trying to say that 2 or more videographers will crossfire. In that case, I might as well just have a photographer and not videographer cause the photographer will have the videographer in his shot and it will go the other way round also which in actual fact it is unavoidable.
Crossfire will definitely bound to happen. It is the edit that removes the other party or making the other vendors within the video less obvious.
So should we have 1, 2 or more professional videographers at the wedding?
The answer would be the type of wedding video look that you want to have. The reason for 2 or more videographers would mean more interesting angles (aerial and crane shots) achieved whereas 1 videographer would definitely have the main angle covered. Having 2 or more videographers would also mean less jump cuts between each shot in the wedding clip. Whereas a good wedding filmmaker who shoots alone would have multiple cameras at important moments so that he/she would not miss the shot. In Singapore, the more videographers you engaged for your wedding means that the cost of hiring them would increase also. Hence, I would strongly advise each couple to spend within one’s limit even though it is a once in a lifetime event.